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Sustainable Living courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Do you dream of living more sustainably? Gain the hands-on skills and knowledge to make that dream a reality.

Learn to reduce your footprint on the planet in an affordable way, engage positively with your surroundings and help your community gain the benefits of sustainability too.

Choose from our nationally-recognised Permaculture certificate courses to one-day workshops and short courses.

Develop your interests in sustainability by enrolling, today.

AHC30722 - Certificate III in Horticulture

Do you want to grow your passion, while creating and nurturing diverse types of green environments? A career in horticulture is a great choice if you enjoy working outdoors. It can provide you with vast opportunities to work within a wide range of horticulture settings. You will be guided by our highly skilled, industry current trainers who will help you develop the personal and professional skills required to start your career as a sought-after horticulturist, in an evolving and... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30722.
  • Transport and store chemicals (AHCCHM304)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Operate pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG346)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD309)
  • Identify and select plants (AHCPCM308)
  • Contribute to workplace health and safety processes (AHCWHS302)
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK320)
  • Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases (AHCCHM307)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL304)
  • Implement a landscape maintenance program (AHCPGD310)
  • Implement a plant nutrition program (AHCPCM305)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY313)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL305)
  • Maintain nursery plants (AHCNSY308)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM306)
AHC30722 - Certificate III in Horticulture

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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable? We offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends in this highly practical course as you gain experience and confidence to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future. You will learn: Permaculture principles and ethics Integrated plant and animal... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33822.
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER332)
  • Establish a permaculture system (AHCPER324)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER414)
  • Communicate permaculture system principles to stakeholders (AHCPER322)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK322)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER335)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER336)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water management systems (AHCPER326)
  • Use the characteristics of plant resilience in a permaculture system (AHCPER323)
  • Mitigate plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER325)
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of produce from a permaculture system (AHCPER329)
  • Monitor weather conditions (AHCWRK314)
  • Coordinate propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER331)
  • Read and interpret property maps and plans (AHCPER334)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER327)
AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC

Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC

What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can we integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in our daily lives? We will explore the foundations of Permaculture, where ecological understanding meets modern design and where science meets the arts and traditional knowledge systems. Learn about the underlying patterns in nature and how comprehending and working with them can support you to live a richer, more easeful life. Topics covered include... [More]

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Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC

Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC

Explore a range of simple plant propagation techniques including cuttings, root division and seed raising to allow you to grow a range of plants for your garden in a simple and cost effective manner. Learn a range of seed saving and storage techniques that empower you to secure the great diversity of food varieties on our planet. Discover how you can develop and evolve varieties of food plants that will have optimum productivity in the unique conditions of your own home garden.... [More]

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Vegetables - Integrated Organic Production - PDC

Vegetables - Integrated Organic Production - PDC

Explore a comprehensive range of Organic Gardening techniques including composting, crop rotation, companion planting and natural pest and disease management. Create a ‘no-dig garden’ from local, low cost materials and learn about seasonal planting in the humid Subtropics. The first part of this day will be in the classroom, followed by a sessions at The Farm in the afternoon for some hands on learning. Topics covered include: Seasonal Vegetable Gardening: The Four Elements of Life... [More]

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Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC

Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC

The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature – earth, water, air and fire – define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how to analyse and map these powerful forces to support you to work with, rather than against them to achieve your lifestyle and production goals. Topics covered include: Introduction To Permaculture Design Comprehend Zones and Energy Flows Interpret and Complete a Sector Analysis... [More]

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Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC

Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC

Learn how to design, establish and care for your own diverse, tree based food production system in a low maintenance fashion that works with nature's fundamental processes of land and soil repair. Discover a huge array of fruit and nut trees from around the world that thrive in our warm, subtropical climate including indigenous bush foods. The first part of this day will be in the classroom, followed by a sessions at The Farm in the afternoon for some hands on learning. h3. Topics... [More]

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Water - Systems For The Home And Landscape - PDC

Water - Systems For The Home And Landscape - PDC

Learn how to work with water in the landscape, exploring theoretical and practical examples of water harvesting, catching, storing and irrigation, changing our mindset from draining to ‘sponging’ water INTO the landscape. We will investigate and visit a range of local and global examples of swales, keylines, earthworks, wicking beds, dams, aquaponics and water biofiltration methods. Permaculture Design Course This course module is one of 13 which make up the internationally... [More]

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Soils - Organic Management - PDC

Soils - Organic Management - PDC

Get to know your own soil – what is it made of, what will grow well in it and how you can improve your soil to make the most of what it has to offer. Delve into the world of compost, soil nutrition and microbiology as we explore some of the myriad of ways you can build a healthy, fertile, robust soil through organic practices that will help you to grow food packed full of life force. What is Soil Processes of Soil Formation Soil Profiles Australian Soils in Global Context – local... [More]

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Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your chickens, cows and other animals. This workshop includes a field trip exploring local animal production systems where we can experience successful integrative animal systems that can be implemented at various scales from the backyard to commercial. Topics covered include: Integration not... [More]

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